James River Plantations

West of Williamsburg, along Route 5, Virginia’s Scenic Byway is an unparalleled collection of National Register landmark historic plantation homes from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Historic Berkeley Plantation
Berkeley’s history begins in 1619 when settlers observed the first official Thanksgiving in America. The 1726 Georgian mansion is the birthplace of Benjamin Harrison V, signer of the Declaration of Independence and William H. Harrison, ninth U.S. President. During the Civil War, Berkeley was occupied by General McClellan’s Union army. While at Berkeley, General Butterfield composed the familiar tune “Taps,” first played by his bugler, O.W. Norton. Explore the five terraces of gardens, monuments, river shore, artifacts and exhibits, all while learning Berkeley’s amazing history. During the autumn season pick a pumpkin and find your way through Berkeley’s corn maze. Sunset tours of Berkeley’s hauntings are offered on specific days. On the first Sunday in November, Berkeley celebrates the historic 1619 landing with the Virginia Thanksgiving Festival. In December, the plantation is decorated with eighteenth century holiday decorations. Conducted house tours with costumed guides, a museum and gift shop add an extra special touch to your experience. Berkeley, a Virginia and National historic landmark, is open daily, year round. Location: Route 5, Charles City • 12602 Harrison Landing Rd. Charles City, VA 23030. 888-466-6018 • www.berkeleyplantation.com

Weston Manor Plantation
Located just a short drive from the James River Plantations, The Weston Plantation tells the stories of ordinary people who have lived through extraordinary times in American history. Known for its distinctive moldings, wainscoting and chair rails, Weston is notable for preserving its original interior, which is why it is listed on the National Register of Historical Places. All three floors and the beautiful kitchen are furnished with reproductions and antiques and are open to the public through guided tours. Open Monday–Saturday, year-round from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Group tours are available by appointment. Location: 400 Weston Lane • Weston Lane & 21st Avenue • Hopewell, VA 23860. 804-458-4682 • HistoricHopewell.org

Shirley Plantation
Founded in 1613, Shirley Plantation is the oldest surviving plantation in America. Home to the Hill Carter family for 11 generations, Shirley is America’s oldest family-owned business, and the family lives and works there to this day. Shirley is a National Historic Landmark and the most intact 18th century estate in America. The “Great House” is framed by a courtyard of original colonial buildings including a kitchen, laundry, smokehouse, stable, icehouse, storehouse and dovecote. The Great House tour showcases original family furnishings, portraits, silver and hand-carved woodwork, as well as four centuries of family stories. The Carter family invites you to visit their home on the James River. Enjoy a guided tour of the Great House while discovering a unique American story. Gift Shop on site. Open daily year round. Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Location: Route 5, Charles City • 501 Shirley Plantation Rd. 804-829-5121 • www.shirleyplantation.com

Historic Plantations Available for Tours

Edgewood Plantation
Route 5, Charles City • 804-829-2962

North Bend Plantation
Route 5, Charles City • 804-829-5176

Piney Grove at Southall’s Plantation
Route 5, Charles City • 804-829-2480

Westover Plantation

Route 5, Charles City • 804-829-2882